So it is an election year in both of the countries where I am elegible to vote: Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States of America.
Here, in Aotearoa, the government wants you to vote. They make it easy for you to be informed about the processs. They make it easy to be registered (actually, it for anyone elegible to vote, registration is compulsory but voting is not). They provide weeks of polls being open so that everyone has an opportunity to vote.
This stands in stark contrast to the United (sic) States of America. There, the republican led federal government has been making it really hard for people they don't like to vote. This includes political decisions damaging the postal service's ability to do what it is supposed to do: deliver mail. At the state level, poll placement, hours, numbers of voting boths, purging of voter rolls, etc. make it difficult to vote. Not to mention, that election day is on a Tuesday. WTF America?
Yesterday I cast my votes in Aotearoa. One for the local parlamentary candidate, one for a political party, and one each on two referendums. Easy, peasy. With contact tracing, hand sanitizer, and social distancing. All very safe and sensible -- even when we have not had any new community cases of COVID-19 for over a week.
This morning, I got an email from Tompkins County New York. It let me know that my absentee ballot had been received and would be counted in the Federal election. It could be that the safest place to cast your ballot for US president is in New Zealand...
I've written previously about my vote for US president. What I had not thought about at the time was that I would have a vote for the vice president as well. I chose AOC.
The outcome of the federal elections will still leave the wealthy running the country, regardless of which party prevails. It is not a matter of if most people will be screwed, just a question of by whom and how badly. Time will tell.
#Democracy #Voting #2020